Netflix’s Brainwave Remote Control
Lost your remote? No problem. A group of Netflix engineers has created a device that allows users to browse titles they want to watch using their brainwaves. Similar to the Muse headband, this device is equipped with a motion sensor and monitors brainwave activity. Users simply move their heads from left to right to browse titles and select titles by concentrating on them. Whenever this device drops, it will be easier for people to browse for The Office to find that episode where Jim says the ‘Bears, Beets, and Battlestar Galactica’ thing. Ten years from now…Back in my day, we had to use our fingers and press a remote…and we liked it! (Source: Mashable).
Alo’s Futuristic Hologram Phone
The holograms you’ve seen in Star Wars or in The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer are not simply science fiction. Alo, together with French designers Jerome Olivet and Philippe Starck, has created a unique concept for a smartphone that requires no buttons or touch screen, only voice-activated holograms. The phone projects videos and messages as 3D holographic images. The phone will also ditch the rectangular smartphone shape and utilize a grip-like form function to perfectly fit each user’s hand (think Play-Doh). We hope it doesn’t smell like Play-Doh. (Source: Uncrate).
Uber Places Target Ads In Light of Rough Weekend
It was a rough weekend for Uber, as the tech company continued to operate while local cab companies refused to pick passengers up from airports in “solidarity with those that were detained after Trump’s “immigration ban.” Hello, social media backlash. The #DeleteUber hashtag has been trending ever since. For damage control, Uber has been buying several digital target ads on social media to broadcast that it is ‘standing up for what is right.’ Stirring the pot even further is the fact that Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, has a spot on Trump’s economic advisory council. Uber is currently valued at $68 billion (Source: Mashable).